The Baltimore Ravens secured a historic first seed in the AFC with their 31-15 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens exacted revenge on the Browns team, who dominated them 40-25 in Baltimore in late September. This win was massive as, for the first time in their history, the play-offs will travel through Baltimore.
First Seed Massive For Baltimore
To secure the first seed means a lot for a still young franchise. Despite already having two SuperBowl trophies, they have never secured top seed. This makes their lives a lot easier in the play-offs, as everyone now has to travel to Baltimore.
Home field advantage is slightly overrated, but it’s still a definite advantage to have. Missing the first round is massive, as the starters could have the next two weeks off to get healthy. For the likes of Mark Ingram, who limped out yesterday with a suspected calf strain, this is vital in terms of getting them back 100% for a playoff run.
Ravens Comeback Vital in Win
The first half was pretty ugly for the Ravens, with a failed fourth-down conversion and a fumble from Lamar Jackson. The Browns seemed to have the Ravens number, holding the highest-scoring first-quarter team to zero points with two minutes left in the first half.
Despite dominating the Browns only led 6-0, before two touchdowns to tight end Mark Andrews shocked the Browns as the Ravens led 14-6 at the half. From here, the Ravens kept the Browns at arm’s length, eventually winning out 31-15. Watch the highlights of the game here.
Defense Played Lights Out in Win
This was a massive team win for the Ravens, as in the first half, it was the defense keeping them in the game. Despite the Browns having the advantage, the defense held them to only six points at the half. Even on the drive in which they did score, the Ravens had three critical penalties that kept the Browns on the field.
As the offense came to life, this eased the pressure on the defense. This defense is much better than their last matchup. In September the NFL leading rusher Nick Chubb gashed the Ravens for 165 yards and three touchdowns, this time he was held to only 45 yards. This defense loves to blitz, knowing they have the secondary to match up with anyone. This creates nightmares for opposing offensive coordinators.
That wraps up my recap of a key win for the Baltimore Ravens. How far do you think they can go in the playoffs?
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